Gbegiri is one delicacy that needs no introduction to my Ibadan people! This Gbegiri soup (beans soup) right here is the truth! Gbegiri is made from beans. It is easy to make, healthy and delicious. It is mostly served with Ewedu soup and stew with amala to make a dish called abula (Abula is simply the combination of amala, ewedu, gbegiri and stew). Gbegiri is food of Ibadan people and that is reason why i said it needs no introduction to them.
How to Cook Gbegiri
There are two methods i use in preparing Gbegiri soup:
1) Make Gbegiri with blender and
2) Make Gbegiri without blender.
Both methods are great and i have detailed both in this recipe. I also included how to make gbegiri video in the recipe card below which is the blender method.
For this recipe, tools you will need include blender or Ijabe (cooking broom), pot, cooking spoon.
1 cup brown or black eyed beans
2 tablespoon palmoil
1 tablespoon locustbeans - Iru
1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper
How to cook Gbegiri Soup
Peel the beans. Click HERE for the easiest and fastest way to peel beans-(How to peel beans with blender)
Put the beans in a pot or pressure cooker, add water and cook till very soft.
If you do not have a have pressure cooker, you can cook the beans with the regular pot but the cooking time will take longer as the beans has to be cooked till very soft.
When beans is cooked, take it off heat. This is the point where you decide on the blender method or the Ijabe (cooking broom) method.
Method 1: How to cook Gbegiri without blender
Let me just state that this is the authentic way of making gbegiri. My Oyo state people know this and this was how my mama taught me. So if you're going with the authentic recipe, sieve!
If you have very thick consistency of the cooked beans, just add water so it's much easier to sieve. Be careful not to add too much water as so as not to make the gbegiri too watery. Sieve the beans collecting the liquid in a pot. Move on to step 4
Method 2: How to cook with blender
Pour the cooked beans in blender and blend till smooth. Move on to step 4
Pour the sieved or blended beans back on the stove. Add stock cube, locust beans, cayenne pepper, palm oil and salt to taste. Don't overdo the pamoil. You only need just enough Palm oil to give it colour.
Leave to cook for 5 minutes then take off heat.
That's it done. Serve with buka style stew and amala. You can also add ewedu into the equation to make it Abula!???? oh la la
You might be interested in these other delicious soups:
- Pressure Cooker or Pot
- Cooking broom - Ijabe or Blender
- Sieve - Ajo
- 1 Cup Brown or black eyed beans
- 2 tbspn Palm oil
- 1 tbspn Cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp Locust beans
- 1 Stock cube
- 1 Salt
- Peel the beans. Click HERE for the easiest and fastest way to peel beans-(How to peel beans with blender)
- Put the beans in a pot or pressure cooker, add water and cook till very soft.
- When beans is cooked, take it off heat. Pour cooked beans in blender and blend till smooth.
- Pour blended beans back in the pot and put on stove. Add stock cube, locust beans, cayenne pepper, palmoil and salt to taste.
- Leave to cook for 5 minutes then take off heat.
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Bon appetit. Click HERE for Buka style stew recipe.
This recipe was first published January 2014 and has been updated September 2019 to add some new pictures and video.